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The clues are there. The dark mesh radiator grille, ringed by bright metal. The aggressive lower bumper with its three air intakes. The blacked-out rear valance, with its twin exhaust tailpipes shaped into an elongated, side-on figure eight. And one further small, but significant detail: a red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’. These are the tell-tale signs of an all-new Bentley, powered by a 4.0 litre V8 engine. From the distinctive backbeat of its eight cylinders at idling speed to the glorious snarl of full-throttle acceleration, the new V8 offers an exhilarating, involving and passionate route to
Bentley Continental ownership. It is an engine that can both stir the soul or calm the spirit, according to the mood of the driver or the conditions. Yet it also delivers a power-to-emissions ratio unparalleled in its class. For years the name Bentley has been unrivalled among high performance grand tourers. Today, two new V8 models extend that reputation, offering sensational performance, outstanding efficiency and a soundtrack to thrill any driver. The Continental GT V8 and Continental GTC V8 have arrived.
There’s a lean and muscular look to the Continental GT V8 that’s entirely in keeping with the powertrain beneath the bonnet. The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley coupé of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form, with the precise crease of the front wings shaped by advanced aluminium superforming technology. Those distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps are ringed by jewel-like LED lights; at the rear, Bentley’s signature ‘floating’ LED lights draw one's eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance. It’s a shape that echoes some of the great Bentley grand tourers of the past, yet the design is clean, contemporary and fresh. The V8’s character is emphasised by the gloss black mesh grille, ringed in bright chrome, the aggressive jut of the three-segment front bumper and by the blacked-out rear valance with those tell-tale ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes. There’s a darker side to this Bentley, and it can be summoned up by pressing the
start button and bringing the advanced new 4.0 litre V8 engine to life. Acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds attests to the power of the advanced 500bhp V8 engine; the power to emissions ratio confirms that it sets a new benchmark for the breed. Before the drive begins, you’ll want to take a little time to enjoy the ambience of the cockpit. Take in the simple, modern feel imparted to the impeccable craftsmanship of the fascia and wood trim by the design team’s recommended Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, an ambience emphasised by the use of Eliade cloth headlining. The cockpit itself harmoniously integrates advanced infotainment, clear instrumentation, clean, crisp lines and carefully-resolved meeting points of highly polished veneer, soft-touch leather and solid metal. It’s an inspiring place to spend some quality time; and with a potential range of over 530 miles between fill-ups thanks to that ultra-efficient V8 engine, you’ll be able to do exactly that.
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Although closely related to the GT, the Continental GTC V8 has its own distinct character. Those iconic Bentley features of dominant bonnet line, dark matrix mesh grille and twin large inner headlamps confirm its pedigree, while the wide track and four-square stance emphasise the performance focus of an all-wheel drive supercar. At the rear, wrap-around lamps accentuate the low, wide proportions, flanking a distinctive Bentley ‘double-horseshoe’ boot lid with a spoiler on its upper edge. Distinguishing features for the V8 model include a red enamel winged ‘B’ badge, gloss black grille with bright chrome surround, three-segment front bumper and the ‘figure eight’ tailpipes at the rear. To call the Continental GTC V8 a convertible understates its capabilities. It is both a sensational open tourer when the weather permits and a practical year-round proposition, as well-insulated and refined as a coupé, thanks to its four-layer insulated roof. Inside, the ‘cobra head’ front seats can be specified with an
optional neck warmer feature, tempting you to enjoy open-top motoring on your way to the ski run. Choose the optional front seat ventilation system, and excess heat is drawn out of the seat backrest and cushion by silent-running fans, allowing you to experience summer sunshine while remaining cool. Unique to the Continental V8 models is the Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer trim, giving the interior a fresh, contemporary look. Bentley’s new 4.0 litre V8 engine has an inspiring repertoire of sounds, from the deep V8 burble at low engine speeds to the growl and rasp that swell in crescendo as the throttle is pressed further towards the floor. This exceptional new 500bhp Bentley engine can hurtle the GTC V8 from standstill to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds with a compelling surge of power. And for the owner of a Continental GTC V8, one of the incidental pleasures of hood-down motoring is the chance to enjoy the V8’s mechanical symphony…in full surround sound.
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